Sunday League football is making a return to Clough Hall Park in Kidsgrove after many years of being forced to play elsewhere. Newcastle Borough Council have decided to allow Clough Hall Park, Kidsgrove to be used for Sunday League football once again, enabling the footballers to make use of the excellent changing facilities which exist at the venue.
Clough Hall Park used to be the venue regularly of Sunday League football, however Newcastle Borough Council made the decision to withdraw the use of the park for such services, claiming that this would open it up to greater use for Kidsgrove residents. This was a controversial decision at the time as it also led to the Cricket team been removed from the park on a Saturday afternoon for the same reasons. It is fair to say that since this move Clough Hall Park has not benefited, in fact it had led to reduced interest in the park by Kidsgrove residents and became an increased focus for anti-social behaviour.
The Friends of Clough Hall Park group have worked exceptionally hard to improve the perception in Kidsgrove of Clough Hall Park over the last few years. They are hopeful that as well as football returning to the park, cricket may also return in the summer. The rental income from this sort of use goes to Newcastle Borough Council, no doubt all the more import in times when the council claims to have reduced funds.
The Friends of Clough Hall Park are operating a café in the pavilion at Clough Hall every Sunday morning between the hours of 10am and 12pm. This will no doubt be exceptionally popular with football players and supporters. All income raised will go towards continuing to support the continued improvements in Clough Hall Park.